Switzerland Travel Guide

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Switzerland Information

Population: 7.31 million

Time Zone: GMT +1
GMT +2 in summer

Driving side: Drivers drive on the right hand side of the road.

Languages: German, French, Italian, Raeto-Romance

Religion: 49% Roman Catholic
48% Protestant

Emergency #: Police: 117
Fire Department: 118
Ambulance: 144

Switzerland Popular Destinations

Zurich - Switzerlands most famous and also most popular city. Zurich is a trendsetting city with many top class restaurants and cafes, some of the best shopping in the world along the famous Bahnhofstrasse, a multitude of museums and galleries and many lakeside parks. Other things to see in Zurich are the magnificent Fraumunster Church, Zurich Zoo and indulge your sweet tooth at the famous Lindt and Sprugli chocolate shop.

Geneva - this is Switzelands most cosmopolitan city with the highest percentage of inhabitants from other parts of the world. For the intelectual, Geneva is littered with museums on any and every subject. The city is also home to the united Nations Building and the magnificent Jet d'eau, the 140 meter water fountain which is the tallest in the world and not to be missed.

Basel - the vibey University town of Basel not only has the highest concentration of museums in the world and a huge amount of delicious cafes and restaurants. Visit the Old Town and walk the charming cobblestone streets and view the beautiful medieval buildings. Other attractions include the Botanical Gardens, Munster Church and Basel zoo.

Jungfrau Region - locals will tell you that this is the birth place of skiing. True or not you can take Europe's longest chairlift up the Mannlichen for spectacular views of Eiger, Jungfrau and Manch peaks. The Lauterbrunnen Valley area is known for the 72 waterfalls and is a stunning place to visitwhen you get tired of the ski slopes. Take a train ride on Europes highest railway to get a great feel for the region.

Moving Around Switzerland

Switezerland is a dream to get around. The public transport system is excellent and will be sure to get you wherever you want to go. The Swiss rail network is extremely comprehensive and private railways control the alpine railroutes. Good value for money, buy a Eurorail pass. The Swiss pass gives you access to government-run trains, ferries, busses and private railways. Yellow post busses get you where the trains can't and hiring a bicycle is a great way of seeing the countryside.

National festival and holidays

Geneva Festival - 29 July-8 August. The festival takes place around the lake and different districts in Geneva. The highlight is the music and fireworks presented by the worlds most famous firework manufacturers.

Fasnacht - For three days in February, Basel erupts in music and festivities. Join one of the elaborate parades which start at 4am.

National Day - Celebrated on the 1st of August with fireworks and Swiss wrestling in the Emmenthal area.

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